Contrary to her usual custom, SD
did an enormous amount of reading and research to tackle this historical subject. She visited the actual haunts of Matthew Hopkins
the famous witch-finder, and was deeply moved as...
While working on Byrthrite, 1986, SD
visited Mistley and Manningtree in Essex, centre of the pernicious activities of the witch-finder Matthew Hopkins
Daniels, Sarah. Plays: One. Methuen, 1991.
25 March 1645
In the first case of witchcraft managed by Matthew Hopkins
, Elizabeth Clarke
of Manningtree in Essex (who had probably been deprived of sleep during interrogation) confessed to using familiars.
Probably by mid-1647
published in LondonA Discovery of Witches in . . . Norfolk.